Darrell JacksonQ: What is your background, and what qualifies you to represent the people of Kannapolis?
A: I have extensive experience in local leadership roles.
I served on the Kannapolis City Council from 2013 to 2017. I have also served as vice president for Downtown Kannapolis Inc. and was one of the founding members of that organization.
In addition, I served on the Kannapolis Center City board and four years on the Kannapolis-Concord Transit board.
I am also a successful business owner, having owned and operated Lee Clothing Warehouse in downtown Kannapolis for 32 years.
Q: What do you see as the issues facing Kannapolis right now?
A: Kannapolis is growing at a rate of about 1,000 people a year, and those new families, as well as people who have lived here all their lives, need opportunities. I would like to see Kannapolis maintain a good quality of life for all citizens, young and old, as we move forward into a multigenerational society.
This means providing jobs, civic improvements, solid infrastructure, excellent public safety and the right environment for people and businesses to flourish.
Q: Why are you the best person for this office?
A: When I ran for City Council in 2013, my platform was the revitalization of downtown Kannapolis and economic growth for Kannapolis. I think we have accomplished this.
I’m running running for re-election to the council because this is a crucial time and we need the most experienced people in leadership roles.
If our goal is to take the city to the next level in terms of growth and long-term stability, we cannot afford to have leaders who are only interested in serving limited interests.
We need a City Council that has the interests of all its citizens in mind.
I have the experience we need, both from serving in local government and from business leaders to make the right decisions and keep moving our city forward.
Q: What goals do you have for Kannapolis, if elected?
A: We are experiencing a major growth on the west side of Kannapolis. This growth is helping pay for the revitalization of downtown. I will work to see this new prosperity being utilized in the east side of Kannapolis to improve the quality of life for residents there.
I’m also interested in the impact of new development, such as the five-lane intersection coming to Old Beatty Ford Road, and the economic impact it will have on Kannapolis. The project has unlimited potential for business development for Kannapolis, helping us keep taxes low for residents.